Yet another hard week on the Spey, I have had enough and leave for the Laerdal, the Queen of Norwegian Rivers tomorrow. Ok, I am being a drama queen, it is only a holiday for a week but it explains why this weeks report is 24 hours early.
As predicted it was a pretty wet week and the river rose on Thursday. The early water was mainly Avon but later in the day and Friday there was a fair amount of Spey and Dulnain water giving the dark appearance, which seems to put the fish off the take. Before I start my report I would like to take a couple of lines to mention canoeists and rafters, David Craig put forward the canoeists case very strongly on Landward last Friday, explaining how they loved the river and the wildlife. Reality is that they dump their unwanted rubbish on the riverbank and expect others to tidy up after them: a damaged raft discarded above Carron.
The forecast for the coming week is for some relatively heavy rain Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning, there after a mixture of sunshine and showers with perhaps more heavy rain for the weekend. The tides are building all week.
Catches: Gordon Castle again almost reached double figures. Delfur in the early teens, please be patient with my vagaries as I usually get my updates on Sunday afternoon and do not like to trouble tired gillies on a Saturday Night.
Rothes finished with eighteen, the start of the week much better before the rain. I am grateful to the Bladon party for the photographs it is nice to see the girls on film.
Craigellachie had a couple. I fished Carron as a guest of Mr. Jimmy Jack and managed the only fish of the week.
We were comprehensively out fished by Mr. Delahooke’s party who had at least eight. I had an update from Sweden about Lower Pitcroy, Olle Kahl reported that his party had a great week but only one fish caught by Nicklas Haapassarri pictured below.
By coincidence I also met the party fishing Lower Pitcroy this week and Mrs. Sam Brew was kind enough to send me this picture of David Brew.
My Grantown correspondent is away on holiday so Grantown’s reports might be a little weaker.